What are the risk factors for suicide in patients with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)?

Updated: May 17, 2018
  • Author: William M Greenberg, MD; Chief Editor: David Bienenfeld, MD  more...
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Identification of these diagnoses guides treatment interventions and identifies patients who are at higher risk for suicide or self-harm. Not surprisingly, patients with OCD have a significant risk for suicide, which increases with the severity of symptoms and the number of concurrent psychiatric diagnoses.

Persons with OCD often do not seek treatment. Many individuals with OCD delay for years before obtaining an evaluation for obsessive-compulsive (OC) symptoms. Patients with OCD often feel shame regarding their symptoms and put great effort into concealing them from family, friends, and health care providers.


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